Top Business Schools for Corporate Finance 2021

The MBA degree and corporate finance go together like bread and butter. Corporate finance generally refers to the activities that go on in a firm’s finance department, which can include everything from analyzing financial statements to managing capital funds; these areas are all addressed significantly in most MBA programs.

Beyond core classes, MBA students who are interested in corporate finance roles would probably want to take as many quantitative-oriented electives as they can, in topics like accounting and financial analysis, for example. 

Indeed, many who aim to go into corporate finance jobs find that an MBA that’s heavy in quantitative and analytical curriculum can be a safe bet. Some students aiming for corporate finance jobs opt to do an MBA specialization in Finance, which can give them the quant skills they’re looking for to succeed. Even so, most MBA programs will include a fair amount of finance classes in their core curriculum. 

Post-MBA careers in corporate finance range from financial analyst to chief financial officer (CFO).

See below for a list of the Top 10 MBA programs for Corporate Finance. You can also see FIND MBA's Top 10 MBA Programs for Finance or Financial Services. 

Chicago, Illinois 40 Followers 146 Discussions
Chicago - Booth

Booth’s highly-analytical curriculum helps grads land jobs in a variety of corporate finance roles. Typically, at least one-third of Booth’s MBA grads go into functional roles in finance. The student-led “Corporate Finance Group” is a great networking resource for Booth MBAs who are interested in the field. Students can choose to pursue Booth’s MBA concentrations in either Finance or Analytic Finance.

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New York City, New York 48 Followers 73 Discussions

Fordham’s MBA students interested in corporate finance can pursue a specialization in Corporate Financial Management, or one of several other finance-related specializations. Almost half of the school’s MBA class of 2019 went into functional roles in finance.

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Rochester, New York 27 Followers 42 Discussions
Rochester - Simon

Through the school's MBA concentration in Finance, students have landed jobs in Fortune 500 financial firms like Bank of America and Morgan Stanley. In the past, the Financial Times has listed Simon as a top-ten school for finance in its Global MBA rankings. Almost 40 percent of Simon’s MBA class of 2020 went into functional roles in finance. The school says that corporate finance is the most popular career path for graduates.

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Madison, Wisconsin 20 Followers 46 Discussions

The school’s Nicholas Center for Corporate Finance and Investment Banking puts on a range of events and helps students land corporate finance jobs. The school offers a specialized MBA in Corporate Finance and Investment Banking, which gives students some practical experience through some corporate finance consulting projects.

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Dallas, Texas 14 Followers 44 Discussions
SMU - Cox

Cox is one of the few business schools where students can do a specialization in Corporate Finance specifically. Typically, at least 40 percent of each MBA class tends to go into functional roles in finance. 

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Ithaca, New York 88 Followers 135 Discussions
Cornell - Johnson

Through the school’s Managerial Finance Immersion program, MBAs can understand how corporate finance works in theory, and then through site visits and practicums they can see how it works in practice. Generally, between 30 and 40 percent of each of the school’s MBA classes go into functional roles in finance. Cornell offers MBA concentrations in Corporate Finance, Finance, Financial Investing and Financial Analysis.

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Frankfurt am Main, Germany 108 Followers 76 Discussions
Frankfurt School

The Frankfurt School’s unique MBA concentration in Corporate Finance covers mergers & acquisitions, investment banking, and other topics important to students interested in careers in this area. Projects and case studies provide some practical application of the theoretical concepts. Typically, some 40 percent or more of MBA graduates go into functional roles in finance.

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Boston, Massachusetts 26 Followers 31 Discussions
Northeastern - D'Amore-McKim

As part of Northeastern’s MBA concentration in Finance, students can delve into corporate finance topics through classes like business turnarounds, finance strategy, and more. They can also opt to focus on a corporate finance role as part of the MBA program’s corporate residency, which means taking away real work experience. Around 30 to 40 percent of Northeastern’s MBA classes tend to go into functional roles in finance or accounting. 

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Shanghai, China 38 Followers 78 Discussions
CEIBS - Shanghai

The school publishes a range of research on finance-related topics, through several different research centers. Generally, between one-quarter and one-third of each of the school’s MBA classes go into finance roles. Students can opt to do an MBA concentration in Finance.

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Toronto, Canada 79 Followers 111 Discussions
York - Schulich

Twenty-six percent of Schulich’s MBA class of 2019 went into functional roles in finance, one of the highest rates of all Canadian schools surveyed. Students in the school’s MBA program can pursue a specialization in finance, which covers topics like capital budgeting, capital structure, and capital management, among others.

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